Posted by mattsmith on 3:45pm, Tuesday July 7th 2009
Fresh off Monday’s 22-1 shellacking of the Reds, Tuesday brought more good news if you’re a Phillies fan:
Roy Halladay is for sale.
As seen on NLEastChatter.com, the Blue Jays are willing to listen to offers for their Cy Young winner. So, what do the Phillies have to do to get Halladay, arguably the best pitcher in the game today?
The Blue Jays would want a lot back in the trade, obviously. In other words, they’ll require at least two stud prospects and probably — from what I’ve been reading and hearing — an established major leaguer.
Believe it or not, the Phillies have the pieces in their system to make this trade possible. They have pitchers (Carlos Carrasco, Kyle Drabek), five-tool talent (Dominic Brown, Michael Taylor) and other intriguing talent (Lou Marson, a catcher, and Jason Donald, an infielder).
I’d be willing to see the Phillies deal ANYof those aforementioned players EXCEPT Drabek, who is on a collision course with the majors as we speak.
If Roy Halladay is available, you do whatever is possible to get him. I’ve always said that the Phillies are NOT playing for the future. They have Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins, all of whom are in their prime and will be at their absolute best for the next 2-4 years. THE TIME IS NOW!
If the Phillies can get two, three world titles during this successful run they’re on, 99 percent of sane Philly fans will accept a rebuilding period in… let’s just say… 5-6 years from now.
However, I think the Phils would have to let go of a cheap big leaguer… (no, Chris Coste or Eric Bruntlett would not suffice)…
Jayson Werth, J.A. Happ and Shane Victorino are all making chump change. Of the three, I’d be most willing to trade Werth. Victorino and Happ, in my opinion, are much more valuable….
Something tells me, though, that Toronto will not move Halladay by the July 31 trade deadline, which is a shame because it’s not like the Blue Jays will win in the AL East anytime soon. Halladay is being wasted in Toronto, through the 2010 season…